Human trafficking is real. It is here.
Responding as effectively as possible – to help victims and hold traffickers accountable – is the purpose of the Kent County Human Trafficking Task Force. Kent County Human Trafficking Task Force has a formal organizational structure designed to ensure sustainability, improve communication among members, increase awareness among professionals and the larger community, and implement effective initiatives informed by multiple perspectives.
Sacred Beginnings is the first survivor-led outreach and recovery program in the state of Michigan for women who have been sexually exploited/trafficked.
Founded and directed by survivor Leslie King, Sacred Beginnings is staffed by peer mentors who champion rescue, recovery, and justice for victims of exploitation and trafficking.
City of Grand Rapids SAFE (Safe Alliances For Everyone) Task force is an anti-violence initiative. We work to lower violence in our communities. We partner with community organizations and businesses to help support this goal. Together, we work to solve issues 15 to 24-year-old residents are facing.
FIVE IMPACT GROUPS
SEE. works with the Impact Groups, facilitating meetings and helping to develop
strategic direction with measureable outcomes for impact.
Health Care : Chair Andrea Rocafort - DeVos Children’s Hospital
Victim Services: Chair Nicole Villanueva - YWCA
Law Enforcement: Chair Daniel Priebe - Michigan State Police
Demand: Chair Ben Kaiser - Arbor Circle
Education & Awareness: Meahgan Pear, BDO USA - Alisha Meenley, Protect MI Child - Kim Richardson, Assistant Kent County Prosecutor